CSR in the spotlight

first_imgThe Carbon Trust, a private company set up by government, has invited trade organisations to apply for up to £140,000-worth of funding on carbon reduction projects.To apply for the funding, applicants are required to produce a detailed plan, outlining how their initiative will deliver demonstrable carbon dioxide emissions savings, by 9 January 2008. Separate fundings of up to £30,000 and £140,000 are on offer.”We believe that trade and professional bodies have an important role to play in championing carbon reduction measures among their member businesses and colleagues,” said Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust. “We would encourage anyone who wants to find out more to contact us.”For more details about the programme, interested organisations should visit [http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/] carbon/networks.Both the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Northern Ireland Food and Drink Federation have received funding from the Carbon Trust Networks Initiative in the past.The Carbon Trust has also recently launched a new business carbon footprint calculator, to help businesses understand what a carbon footprint is, how to work it out and how to reduce it. This follows the Climate Change Bill announcement, which will set the UK a target of a minimum 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 as legally binding for the first time.Go to [http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/footprintcalculator] to apply for a free online Carbon Survey.last_img read more

Soccer World Cup

first_imgI am certainly not an expert on soccer, but it was great to watch the United States Women dismantle Japan in the World Cup Final.  The USA team scored 4 goals in 16 minutes which is unheard of in professional soccer.  The 5-2 final is also a rarity in a final match.Carli Lloyd had the hat trick (3 goals by a single player in one game) for the United States.  It was also nice to watch a game where the teams just played soccer.  Although the officers of the World Soccer Association were arrested a few weeks ago, none of this was evident in the tournament.  For most of the tournament teams simply played soccer, and this was great for sports.last_img

Narine stars for Devonshire Castle in T20 competition

first_imgFORMER national T20 all-rounder Ramesh Narine exhibited a fine display with both bat and ball in the first round of the Motie Lall, Jai Lall and Praboo Lall T/20 cricket competition played on Sunday for teams in North Essequibo.Despite initial poor weather conditions,two matches were played at the Walton Hall ground.In the first encounter which had to be reduced to a 12-over affair,Devonshire Castle humbled Sparwin by 72 runs .Batting first,Devonshire Castle amassed 135-4 from their 12 overs with Narine stroking an unbeaten 87 including 8×6 and 5×4,to pulverise his opponents.In reply,Sparwin were reduced to 63-7 when their overs expired. Narine was again destructive,this time with the ball,claiming 3-12 from 2 overs of leg-spin to enjoy an excellent match.In the second game, Police ‘arrested’ Walton Hall to claim an emphatic 10 wicket victory.In a game also reduced to 12 overs, Walton Hall was scuttled out for a meagre 40 in the eleventh over as Delon Parris was impressive,claiming 5-14 from three overs of controlled off-spin.In response,Police raced to 42 without loss in five overs with Ravindra Ramnarine scoring a brisk unbeaten 32 containing 2×6 and 3x4s to lead the Officer’s discharge of duties on the field.Meanwhile, the competition will resume this weekend with several matches to be played at various grounds across the Essequibo Coast. The competition is being coordinated by the North Essequibo Cricket Committee and it is being played in memory of the Lall Brothers of Walton Hall.It is the second year of the competition with Devonshire Castle being the defending champions. Monetary incentives, trophies and other memorabilia will be presented at the completion of the tournament. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

NBF Appoints Hughley New D’Tigress Coach

first_imgKida emphasised that since Vincent was not sacked because of poor results but that based on issues surrounding conflicting professional engagements, it was wise to replace him with a coach that will be readily available.“We needed to take a proactive step in the interest of the team who are preparing for the World Cup. We needed to fill the vacuum immediately and continue our preparation for Spain.“For many, parting ways with Vincent at this time was not a good decision, but it was a difficult decision we had to take in the overall and long-term interest of the team.”Otis who had previously led Mobile’s LeFlore High School, Alabama, USA to six state tournaments and one state title before getting hired as an assistant coach by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA will henceforth lead the D’Tigress team.The federation is optimistic that Hughley will bring his wealth of experience to bear on the team as they prepare for their World Cup campaign.“We still have about 50 days to train and get ready for the competition and we are confident that the time frame will be enough for any good coach to train and shape a team into a strong contender.”The American will be assisted by Peter Ahmedu and Shola Shomala.Paired in Group B alongside Argentina and Turkey, the current African champions will start their World Cup campaign against Australia on September 22.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Following the sack on Thursday of erstwhile senior women’s basketball team’s head coach, Sam Vincent, the Nigeria Basketball Federation has appointed Otis Hughley as an immediate replacement.The appointment of the former NBA Coach was finalised after the NBBF leadership approved his programme for the D’Tigress’ participation at the World Cup in Spain.NBBF President, Musa Kida, said the leadership of the federation settled for Hughley as it became apparent that he is the “most immediate available option.”last_img read more

Weekly Report from MP Jay Hill

first_imgWhen it comes to the economy, our Government has been ahead of the curve all along.  We anticipated the global economic slowdown and moved early to cut job-killing taxes.  Thanks to our tax cuts, Canadians have kept billions more of their hard-earned dollars to inject into the economy as they see fit. – Advertisement -Four weeks after the Conservative Government with a larger, stronger mandate from voters was actually sworn into office. The coalition would include in a major economic portfolio Jack Layton, who has always been very clear about his intent to raise taxes and spend billions. One day after the opposition parties passed the Speech from the Throne, endorsing the Conservative Government’s agenda for the nation.  That’s when Jack Layton, Stéphane Dion and Gilles Duceppe said they’d seen enough of the Conservative Government in action to compel them to seize power by forming a coalition government.Advertisement He’ll be propped up by the Bloc Quebecois which dedicates its very existence to the destruction of our nation.  Coalition “leader” Stéphane Dion led the Liberal Party to its lowest voter share since Confederation! MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. Separatist Coalition Seeks to Overturn the Will of Canadians Six weeks after you made your choice at the polls.   The motivation behind these unprecedented events is NOT the economy.  Rather, it’s an attempt to circumvent the will of the people. Many residents of Prince George-Peace River are forcefully expressing their refusal to accept this plot by the opposition parties.  I’ve received thousands of emails and phone calls asking how they can stop it.  Protest rallies are being planned by average Canadians across the country because they fear for the future of Canada under a Liberal-NDP-Separatist coalition.  They fear for our democracy. Our Economic and Fiscal Update was a signal to Canadians that as they’re tightening their belts, so would their elected representatives.  The opposition parties obviously weren’t willing to give up their three-year-old Liberal-introduced taxpayer subsidy.  The withdrawal of that proposal has not changed their minds about seizing power. The opposition is certainly within its rights to express its lack of confidence in the Government.  However, it’s undemocratic to overrule the choice of Canadians in a matter of days.  Is it any wonder voter apathy is at an all-time high?  During the October election, disillusioned Canadians pondered, “Why should I vote? What difference will it make?”  Apparently your vote means nothing to Layton, Dion and Duceppe.Advertisement We’re also injecting billions to build roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure.  Our $1-Billion Community Development Trust is specifically designed to assist industries and communities in peril, such as the forest sector and towns like Mackenzie.Advertisement We’re protecting Canada’s banking system and the credit markets by injecting tens of billions of dollars in liquidity to ensure families and businesses can get the loans and mortgages they need. We now know for certain that Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe had been secretly plotting to disregard and overturn the choice of Canadian voters almost immediately after Election Day.  No one is certain how much Stéphane Dion was involved in the early days of their scheming, yet it may explain his stubborn reluctance to step down as Liberal leader despite demands for his immediate resignation by his own party. Yes, Canada is struggling in the midst of worldwide turmoil.  Yet our economy, unlike many around the world, is still moving.  Retail sales are actually up.  And prior to the opposition’s antics, the TSX had just finished six consecutive days of gains totalling 20 percent.  That’s your stocks, mutual funds, RRSPs and RRIFs.  What’s more, our GDP actually grew by 1.3 percent in the third quarter. Eight sitting days into the new Parliament.last_img read more